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 I have a degree in history so I realize societies periodically implode with little notice, and in that period before a new form of government is chosen or imposed, anarchy often reigns. I secretly fear just that sort of societal breakdown, and in preparation, I have been simplifying my gun collection. I’ve unloaded most of my heavy hunting rifles and replaced them with AKs.

The AK-47 was developed by former Soviet tank mechanic, Mikhail Kalashnikov, and it first went into service in 1947. Six decades later it’s still the most popular assault rifle in the world. People love it because it’s cheap, durable, and it always works.

In addition to the Russian workhorse, I’m also keeping my Bushmaster because it takes the same round as the army’s M16. If there is a conflict, guns will be plentiful, but ammo will soon be in short supply. You need to stock up ahead of time, and have at least one gun that uses the NATO round.

Some people own a lot of pistols, but one for every adult in your household is enough. The pistol will never be your primary weapon. It’s a weapon of last resort. It’s weaker than a rifle and more difficult to fire accurately.

The 12 gauge shotgun should also be a part of everyone’s arsenal, and I highly recommend the Remington 870. You can hunt with it, and a shotgun loaded with 00 buckshot is a devastating weapon. At close quarters, it’s a point and kill master.

I know two guys who are both practicing with bows, but I remember what happened to the Injuns, so I wouldn’t bother. You want to stick with your boom sticks. There’s powerful medicine in them.